Welcome to another episode of the Family Law Insights podcast, brought to you by the Collective Family Law Group. In this episode, our Senior Associate Dannielle Young demystifies a term that is not new, yet not as widely recognized as it ought to be – Arbitration.
As the world continues to change, so does the way we resolve disputes. The FCC’s recent emphasis on dispute resolution, which came into effect on the 1st of September, is causing a shift from traditional court proceedings to more efficient methods such as arbitration.
Arbitration is a form of litigation that is highly beneficial for financial matters, such as family property disputes. The process is quicker and potentially more cost-effective than traditional court proceedings, with cases typically concluded within 3-6 months.
The arbitrator, an independent and highly experienced lawyer, often specializing in family law, plays a crucial role in arbitration. They do not advocate for either party but objectively review the evidence and decide on the property division.
The process begins with the arbitrator setting an agreement that outlines the terms of engagement and costs. They then schedule a preliminary conference where the parties discuss the disputes, evidence application, and formalities required from each party.
After hearing the matter, the arbitrator must provide each party with an award and their reasons for the determination and outcome. This is usually a much faster process than waiting for a judge’s decision in court. The award is intended to be final, resolving all matters between the parties.
So, why choose arbitration?
The benefits are numerous. It offers efficiency, cost-effectiveness, control, and flexibility. This method can expedite the resolution of disputes, such as child custody, divorce, and domestic violence cases, which are commonly handled by family lawyers on the Gold Coast.
Join Dannielle in this episode as she delves deeper into the benefits of arbitration, and why it may be the best option for you in resolving your family law matters. From child custody to de facto property settlement in QLD, and from creating a de facto prenuptial agreement in Australia to discussing free family law consultations, this podcast has got you covered.
To understand more about how we at Collective Family Law Group, one of the best family law firms on the Gold Coast, can assist you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. For a free initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, in our offices or via Zoom, call us on 5574 0971. We also offer free family law consultations and specialise in areas including divorce, child custody, domestic violence, and more.
Whether you’re looking for the best family lawyers in Gold Coast, a dedicated child custody lawyer, or a specialist in de facto prenuptial agreements in Australia, we’re here to help. Tune into this week’s podcast episode for a detailed rundown on arbitration and its benefits.